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The success or failure of Jason Worilds will be one of the most closely watched parts of the 2013 season. He has the unenviable task of replacing James Harrison on the outside of the defense.
Worilds has a chance to be good. He had success in limited stints on the field and notched five sacks in 2012. He has 10 in his limited three-year career. Those are good numbers to build on.
The problem is health. Worilds has never been able to stay healthy for a full season, and he hasn’t done enough to emerge. That doesn’t mean he won’t be successful, only that there isn’t a lot of trust in him.
If he does emerge, Pittsburgh will have its future linebacker star, and the defense will continue to be productive. If not, the Steelers are in big trouble and will have to turn to someone else.
The trust in Worilds will be easier to gauge after the draft, when everyone will know if Pittsburgh felt the need to spend a high draft pick on the position.